每日一文:The Enormous Crocodile (Part 6)

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The Enormous Crocodile 

Roald Dahl


    When no one was looking, he crept up on to the roundabout and put himself between a wooden lion and a fearsome dragon. He sat up a bit on his back legs and he kept very still. He looked exactly like a wooden crocodile on the roundabout. 

    Soon, all sorts of children came flocking into the fair. Several of them ran towards the roundabout. They were very excited. 

    "I'm goint to ride on a dragon!" cried one. 

    "I'm going on a lovely white horse!" cried another. 

    "I'm going on a lion!" cried a third one. 

    And one little girl, whose name was Jill said, "I'm going to ride on that funny old wooden crocodile!"

    The Enormous Crocodile kept very still, but he could see the little girle coming towards him. 

    "Yummy-yum-yum," he thought. "I'll gulp her up easily in one gollop."

    Suddenly there was a swish and a swoosh and something came swishing and swooshing out of the sky. 

    It was the Roly-Poly Bird. 

    He flew round and round the roundabout, singing, "Look out, Jill! Look out. Look out. Don't ride on that crocodile!"

    Jill stopped and looked up. 

    "That's not a wooden crocodile!" Sang the Roly-Poly Bird. "It's a real one! It's the Enormous Crocodile from the river and he wants to eat you up!"

    Jill turned and ran. So did all the other children. Even the man who was working the roundabout jumped off it and ran away as fast as he could. 

     The Enormous Crocodile cursed the Roly-Poly Bird and waddled bac into the bushes to hide. 

    "I'm so hungry now, " he said to himself, "I could eat six children before I am ful up!"

    Just outside the town, there was a pretty little field with trees and bushes all round it. This was called The Picnic Place. There were several wooden tables and long benches, and people were allowed to to there and have a picnic at any time. 

    The Enormous Crocodile crept over to The Picnic Place. There was no one in sight. 

    "Now for Clever Trick Number Four!" he whispered to himself. 

    He picked a lovely bunch of flowers and arranged it on one of the tables. 

    From the same table, he took away one of the benches and hid it in the bushes. 

    Then he put himself in the place where the bench had been. 

    By tucking his head under his chest, and by twisting his tail out of sight, he made himself look very much like a long wooden bench with four legs. 

    Soon, two boys and two girls came along carrying baskets of food. They were all from one family, and their mother had said they could go out and have a picnic together. 

    "Which table shall we sit at?" said one. 

    "Let's take the table with the lovely flowers on it." said another. 

    The Enormous Crocodile kept as quiet as a mouse. "I shall eat them all, " he said to himself. "They will come and sit on my back and Iwill swizzle my head around quickly, and after that it'll be squish crunch gollop."

    Suddenly a big deep voice from the jungle shouted, "Stand back, children! Stand back! Stand back!"

    The children stopped and stared at the place where the voice was coming from. 

    Then, with a crashing of branches, Trunkey the Elephant came rushing out of the jungle. 

    "That's not a bench you were going to sit on!" he bellowed. "It's the Enormous Crocodile, and he wants to eat you all up!"

    Trunky trotted over to the spot where the Enormous Crocodile was standing, and quick as a flash he wrapped his trunk around the Crocodile's tail and hoisted him up into the air. 

    "Hey! Let me go!" yelled the Enormous Crocodile, who was now dangling upside down. "Let me go! Let me go!"

    "No," Trunky said. "I will not let you go. We've all had quite enough of your clever tricks."

    Trunky began to swing the Crocodile round and round in the air.     

    At first he swung him slowly. 

    Then he swung him faster...

    And FASTER...

    And FASTER...

    And FASTER STILL...

    Soon the Enormous Crocodile was just a blurry circle going round and round Trunky's head. 

    Suddenly, Trunky let go of the Crocodile's tail, and the Crocodile went shooting high up into the sky like a huge green rocket. 

    Up and up he went...

    HIGHER

    and    

    HIGHER...

    FASTER...

    and    

    FASTER...    

    He was going so fast and so high that soon the earth was just a tiny dot miles below. 

    He whizzed on and on.

    He whizzed far into space.

    He whizzed past the moon.

    He whizzed past stars and planets.

    Until at last...

    With the most tremendous BANG!  the Enormous Crocodile crashed headfirst into the hot hot sun. And he was sizzled up like a sausage!


[The End]

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